Laliteshpati quits, ends 4 generations’ ties with Cong

VARANASI: Former Congress MLA from Madihan, Laliteshpati Tripathi, on Thursday formally announced to quit the party, lamenting that “the high command’s apathy towards old loyalists has forced him to quit the office of UPCC vice-president as well as the party”.
However, he denied having taken the decision to join any other political party, though he maintained that if his supporters wanted to, he would contest the forthcoming state assembly elections in 2022.
Addressing a press conference at his residence Aurangabad House here on Thursday, Tripathi said, “I have full respect for senior leaders like Rahul Gandhi and also Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. I am also sure that the future of the country is secure in the hands of the Congress only.
Many things wrong inside Cong: Lalitesh
“However, I am forced to quit as many things were going wrong inside the party,” Tripathi added.
“Even the party workers who stayed with the Congress since independence and struggled for it even at the time when leaders like late prime minister Indira Gandhi were in a crisis, are being ignored. I have no right to be their leader and stay in my office and party,” said Tripathi adding, “I am grateful that Rahulji and Priyankaji assigned me many responsibilities. But, I can’t withdraw my decision at a time when old loyalists are being marginalized in the party.”
Regarding association of his family with the Congress for four generations and possibility of changing his decision after talks with senior party leaders, the great grandson of former UP CM, Union minister and legendary leader late Pt Kamlapati Tripathi, said, “Party central high command has told the state leadership to contact the old loyalists and houses of party to reunite them. But, in the current scenario this is not possible.”
About the rumours regarding his efforts to contact Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Tripathi said, “Everyone is well aware about the history of my family. Do you think that I would need help from somebody to contact any leader through his team members. I have not made a decision to go to any party so far.”
Regarding the future course of his politics, he said that he would take a decision after discussions with his family members and supporters. “If they ask me not to contest assembly elections, I will not contest,” said Tripathi, mentioning, “I am not going to ask any leader or worker to quit the party. I don’t have the capacity to build or weaken the Congress.”

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